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Percussive, Poems by Chuck Joy
"Narrative poetry, right up my alley!" says Chuck Joy, selecting poems for Percussive, this collection, poems sourced from a recent sequence of his on-going poem flow. Poems telling stories, line by line, each line its own beat, the lines turned into little movies, soundtrack, characters, men and women, sometimes it's him, mostly it isn't, always we are there, often in New York. All of it words, taps on the drumhead, Percussive, a consciousness to share delivered in measured doses, the poems then arranged and re-arranged by him into a certain order to finally describe an emotional and informational arc, beginning middle and end, from an author with a strong imagination, for whom building from strengths is a way of life.
"Chuck Joy is a poet whose sharp eye, impeccable ear, singular wisdom, and enormous heart move the reader to places of discovery and intrigue on par with the world's most accomplished astronomers and artists. All the poems in this splendid collection move with Isadora Duncan-esque dexterity, and cogently demonstrate Carl Sandburg's notion that 'Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.' No poet writing today listens, speaks, sings, or moves on the page quite like Chuck Joy does. Percussive and then some."-Joey Nicoletti
Chuck Joy has brought his poetry to the stage at Cornelia Street Café, Saturn Series, the Orange Bear, the Blue Planet, Poets' Hall, Mac's Backs, Woodlawn Diner, Nietzsche's, Mahall's 20 Lanes, the Confluence Festival, Wordstock, and every Snoetry. His poems have appeared in Bogg, Crisis Chronicles, Psychopoetica, Rattapallax, Tempus, Tobeco, Great Lakes Review, Guide to Kulchur, 2 Bridges, Foundlings, Lilliput Review, and Medicinal Purposes. He co-created and hosted Poetry Scene, a weekly poetry event with open mic and featured poets at the Erie Book Store for eight years. Chuck is a member of the Italian-American Writers Association, and the Second Tuesday Community Poetry Workshop at Mercyhurst University. A child and adolescent psychiatrist, Dr. Chuck is co-chair of their Art Committee. The poems in this collection Percussive were chosen for their narrative quality. Previous collections include Theme of Line (Red Giant Books, Cleveland OH), Said the Growling Dog (Nirala Publications, New Delhi, India), Fun Poetry (Lulu.com),Every Tiger Wants To Sing (Poets' Hall Press, Erie PA), All Smooth (Destitute Press, Buffalo NY). Chuck lives with his wife Dawn. More at www.chuckjoy.com.